U.S. announces complete military withdrawal from Syria as President Trump declares final victory over ISIS

Published By ITCT News Desk On : December 19, 2018
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Washington: The U.S. military has announced that it is preparing a complete withdrawal of its forces from Syria, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East.

The announced came just before President Trump made a ‘final victory’ statement over ISIS.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency”, President Trump said in a tweet.

Planning is underway for a “full” and “rapid” withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a US defense official told CNN Wednesday.

The decision, which would be a reversal from previously stated US policy, was made by President Donald Trump, who has long signaled his desire to get out of Syria, the official added. Even though the US will continue to maintain troops in Iraq with the capability of launching strikes into Syria, a US withdrawal of ground forces would fulfill a major goal of Syria, Iran and Russia and risks diminishing US influence in the region.
The US has about 2,000 troops on the ground in the country, where they are primarily training local forces to combat ISIS. The US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have had some recent success against the terror group and are on the cusp of capturing the last major town held by ISIS east of the Euphrates.
Following is the statement by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on withdrawal from Syria:

White House statement

 

The U.S. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) released a statement saying that it will continue to fight ISIS until it’s defeated, contradicting White House and President Trump.

The full statement can be read here.

 

 

 

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